Laser dentistry is one of the most exciting advances in dental technology. At Dr. Buchmanns office, we think it’s important to bring you the latest and most precise dental procedures in the industry. Using the a CO2 laser, we offer the ultimate in soft tissue treatments. Lasers have been proven to be less painful than the traditional gum surgery. Lasers also ensure there is no cutting or pain, bleeding or sutures necessary. Lasers are also more precise than a traditional scalpel, and they offer the added benefit of sterilizing surface tissues when used to create gum flaps.
Laser Periodontal (Gum) Therapy is an amazing breakthrough in periodontal treatments. If you have been told you need scalpel and suture gum surgery, Dr. Buchmann offers an alternative. If you're like 100 million other Americans, you could be one of 50% of Americans who have periodontal disease, the major cause of tooth loss in adults.
Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth!
If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings.
If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages where bone loss and diseased pockets have formed (Periodontitis) Dr. Buchmann will discuss your treatment options including:
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Osseous (bone) Surgery
- Laser Periodontal (gum) Therapy